Reading Deuteronomy 18 – 20 today…
“When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 20:1 (KJB)
… And we will go out to battle. We battle against our own selfish desires, we battle traffic, we battle the enemy, we have family battles, we battle with fear of sickness and disease, job loss, or just simply loss on Wall Street.
There is much fear in our world today, and in the U. S. of A. Fear of Russia, North Korea, even those who are fearing our own President. May God help us.
There are elements of fear with which I battle everyday too. That is why these verses including “Fear not” or “Be not afraid” seem to jump of the page at me. I love these words, and the heart of courage they give me. I will always remember the phrase… “When we fear God; we need to fear nothing else.”
I know that I have enemies. You have enemies. They are my enemy because they hate God, so they hate me as well. I will pray for them and leave them for God to handle, to touch, and prayerfully to save them from their hatred for Him and righteousness. Their horses and chariots (their power, authority, and size) and numbers will only be cause for rejoicing in seeing them defeated through the power of the cross of Jesus Christ.
Since the Lord GOD has delivered us through faith in the cross – the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ from our sins – our Egypt – He will deliver us from our enemies (Matthew 6:13).
Do not be afraid.